Definition of appearance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈpɪərəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɪrəns//
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    way something looks/seems
  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] the way that somebody/something looks on the outside; what somebody/something seems to be the physical/outward/external appearance of something She had never been greatly concerned about her appearance. The dog was similar in general appearance to a spaniel. He gave every appearance of (= seemed very much to be) enjoying himself. Judging by appearances can be misleading. To all appearances (= as far as people could tell) he was dead. When she lost all her money, she was determined to keep up appearances (= hide the true situation and pretend that everything was going well).
  2. somebody/something arriving
  3. 2  [countable, usually singular] the fact of somebody/something arriving, especially when it is not expected The sudden appearance of a security guard caused them to drop the money and run. I don't want to go to the party, but I suppose I'd better put in an appearance (= go there for a short time).
  4. 3  [countable, usually singular] the moment at which something begins to exist or starts to be seen or used the early appearance of daffodils in spring the appearance of organic vegetables in the supermarkets
  5. in public
  6. 4[countable] an act of appearing in public, especially as a performer, politician, etc., or in court The Dutch player will make his first appearance for Liverpool this Saturday. The singer's first public appearance was at the age of eight. the defendant’s appearance in court
  7. being published/broadcast
  8. 5[countable, usually singular] an act of being published or broadcast the appearance of claims about the minister’s private life in the press
  9. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French aparance, aparence, from late Latin apparentia, from Latin apparere , from ad- ‘towards’ + parere ‘come into view’.Extra examples I feel I must put in at least a brief appearance at the party. In outward appearance the two types of tomato are similar. Inside, the house had the appearance of a temple. Shaving off his beard changed his appearance dramatically. She made a cameo appearance in the film. She made a sudden appearance just as we were about to leave. She was forced to cancel her appearance as keynote speaker at the event. Since its first appearance in the 19th century, cholera has killed millions. The American president, despite appearances, has only limited power. The report gives an appearance of scientific credibility. The singer had to cancel her scheduled appearance. They tried to maintain the appearance of normality. This marked the appearance of a new genre in American music. To judge by appearances, Roger was rather embarrassed. Towns merged to take on the appearance of a city. We must avoid any appearance of impropriety. When she lost all her money, she was determined to keep up appearances. With his dishevelled/​disheveled appearance he often looks as though he’s just fallen out of bed. attempts to improve the general appearance of the town centre attention to personal appearance and hygiene her first appearance on the stage man-made materials that mimic the appearance of wood one of the actor’s rare television appearances rather bird-like in appearance An awkward silence greeted her appearance in the doorway. Gas lighting made its first appearance in 1802. He gave every appearance of enjoying himself. I suppose I’d better put in an appearance at the party. It was at this point that their mother made an appearance. It was tiring, constantly putting on an outward appearance of happiness. It’s only a decade or so since organic produce first made its appearance in the supermarkets. They were startled by the young man’s sudden appearance. To all appearances he was dead.
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